BUFFALO, NY – First-year head coach Lee Nickell has announced the hiring of Jordie Kindervater as assistant coach for the UB men's tennis program. Kindervater was a four-year letterwinner and three-year captain at Alabama, where Nickell was an assistant coach, and has spent the last year coaching at various locations in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area.
In his first year out of school, Kindervater has served as the tennis coach at the Indian Hills Country Club and the head men's and women's tennis coach at the Tuscaloosa Academy, coaching the men to a second place finish in the state. At Indian Hills, Kindervater coached junior and senior players on a daily basis and taught private lessons along with conducting group clinics.
"I am excited to welcome Jordie Kindervater to the UB men's tennis staff.," said Nickell. "Jordie was a tremendous competitor and leader while playing for the University of Alabama. He was known for leaving everything on the court and in the weight room, and was a key component to the resurgence of the Alabama Tennis Team. He understands the dedication it takes to lead a team and his knowledge of on and off court workouts will be a major asset to our program."
While at Alabama, Kindervater served as team captain from his sophomore season on, helping lead his team to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2007 and a top ten national ranking in 2008. He was extremely active off the court as he was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, earning him a spot on the SEC "Good Works Team" in 2007 and 2008. Kindervater was also the 2006 recipient of the Tommy Williams Scholarship, which is based on excellence in academics and athletics at the university level.
A native of Canada, Kindervater was ranked as one the top eight singles players and top five doubles players in the country and was a five-time Atlantic Canadian Junior Champion.
Kindervater graduated from Alabama in December of 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs.